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Sun Feb 19 15:29:03 UTC 2012

Lyrica and other drugs aren't working for me. What do I have to do to get help?
Asked By: boondockoutlaw  
Category: Neuropathy

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I have had diabetes for 13-14 years.I have neropathy and have had it for about 5 years. I am on a pump now, under pretty good controll (6.1 A1C). It's quite severe despite no one believing me(especially family). Ive tried gabapentin, without much relief. Now im maxed out on lyrica, with less than moderate relief. I am young, 21 years old and it seems that every doctor I see thinks I am a druggie. Well thats how I feel anyways, I think they think Im looking for drugs. I could care less whats precribed to me as long as I can have RELIEF and lead a closer to normal life. I am severly depressed and it feels like I haven't slept in years(Crazy insomnia untreated). I cant hold a job down because of these issues. I just want to be normal. What do I do?, where do I go? I feel SO alone and helpless. help...
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2012-03-06 17:37:50.0

Hello boondockoutlaw
You report severe neuropathy in your feet. Gabapentin did not give you relief and Lyrica is giving you some relief but you are still in pain. You feel people do not believe you.

Your A1c is 6.1%, I commend you on good control.

I am glad you are on Lyrica. You are at least reporting some help with this. You feel the doctors think you are drug seeking. That makes me think that narcotics may have been discussed and the providers are hesitant to order them. The providers understand the danger of pain meds leading to addiction of prescribed meds. They may be trying to avoid this very dangerous risk.

You mention that your family does not believe you. This really makes me want to strongly advise you to get therapy for the entire family and for you. The connection between chronic pain, chronic disease and depression is very real. Please read more about neuropathy, foot problems and interact with your peers on the forum. We believe you!read about foot problems.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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2012-03-23 15:26:34.0

I believe you also. I have been a type 2 diabetic for 11 years now. I have suffered from neuropathy since I was diagnosed. I am currently taking Lyrica (300mg) per day and also Cymbalta (65mg) per day. The Cymbalta helps with the neuropathy and with your mood. The biggest thing you can do is walk and exercise. By getting blood flowing to your legs and feet, you will feel a whole lot better. I also suggest that you take a supplement called Alpha Lypoic Acid. My doctor told me that they have done research in Australia where extremely high doses of this by IV have reversed the effects of neuropathy. While we can not get that here in the U.S., you can find some pretty high doses in pill form from health food stores. I hope this information helps. Believe me, I know your pain and it sucks, but there is hope. God Bless, Jamrhamr
Answered By: jamrhamr

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